Godfrey of Bouillon (18 September 1060 – 18 July 1100) was a medieval Frankish knight who was one of the leaders of the First Crusade from 1096 until his death. He was the Lord of Bouillon, from which he took his byname, from 1076 and the Duke of Lower Lorraine from 1087. After the successful siege of Jerusalem in 1099, Godfrey became the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, although he refused the title "King"; as he believed that the true King of Jerusalem was Christ.

Godfrey of Bouillon (18 September 1060 – 18 July 1100) was a medieval Frankish knight who was one of the leaders of the First Crusade from 1096 until his death. He was the Lord of Bouillon, from which he took his byname, from 1076 and the Duke of Lower Lorraine from 1087. After the successful siege of Jerusalem in 1099, Godfrey became the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, although he refused the title "King"; as he believed that the true King of Jerusalem was Christ.

Godfrey of Bouillon, a French knight, leader of the First Crusade and founder of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

Godfrey of Bouillon, a French knight, leader of the First Crusade and founder of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

925 Sterling Silver Jerusalem Crusaders Cross Pendant Necklace (24 Inches). This cross was on the papal banner given to the leader of the First Crusade, Godfrey of Bouillon, by Pope Urban II, and became a symbol of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. The large Greek cross is surrounded by four smaller crosses, representing the four books of the Gospel, and also the four directions that the Word of Christ spread from Jerusalem. Approximate length: 1" (25mm).

925 Sterling Silver Jerusalem Crusaders Cross Pendant Necklace (24 Inches). This cross was on the papal banner given to the leader of the First Crusade, Godfrey of Bouillon, by Pope Urban II, and became a symbol of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. The large Greek cross is surrounded by four smaller crosses, representing the four books of the Gospel, and also the four directions that the Word of Christ spread from Jerusalem. Approximate length: 1" (25mm).

Godfrey of Bouillon | Leaders of the First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon | Idril's Fantasy

Godfrey of Bouillon | Leaders of the First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon | Idril's Fantasy

The Crossing of the Bosphorus by Godfrey of Bouillon Canvas Art - Emile Signol (36 x 24)

The Crossing of the Bosphorus by Godfrey of Bouillon Canvas Art - Emile Signol (36 x 24)

A depiction of the coronation of Godfrey de Bouillon in the work Historie d'Outremer by William of Tyre.  "Outremer" or "Oversees" was a common name for the lands across the Mediterranean.

A depiction of the coronation of Godfrey de Bouillon in the work Historie d'Outremer by William of Tyre. "Outremer" or "Oversees" was a common name for the lands across the Mediterranean.

Quick and Dirty: The Crusades

Quick and Dirty: The Crusades

The sword of Godfrey of Bouillon displayed at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem since 1808 (1854 photograph).  Godfrey seems to have always considered himself the protector of the Church. Not only did he make so many donations that William of Tyre despairs of enumerating them, not only did he cede a fourth of Jaffa (Joppa), the city of Jerusalem, and the tower of David to the patriarch Daimbert, but he consented, as did Bohemond, to receive investiture from the patriarch

The sword of Godfrey of Bouillon displayed at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem since 1808 (1854 photograph). Godfrey seems to have always considered himself the protector of the Church. Not only did he make so many donations that William of Tyre despairs of enumerating them, not only did he cede a fourth of Jaffa (Joppa), the city of Jerusalem, and the tower of David to the patriarch Daimbert, but he consented, as did Bohemond, to receive investiture from the patriarch

Slanted; Jerusalem Cross ring Circa. 11th to 12th Century A.D. Measurement; Circumference; 60.00 mm., size 10 Information; The five fold cross is symbolic of the Five Wounds of Christ, Christ and the four quarters of the world, or Christ and the four evangelists.  Coat of arms origin; Godfrey of Bouillon (First Crusade) Successively; The King's of Jerusalem (1099 to 1291) Provance; B.R. Collection, 1990 Reference; GM1609 COPYRIGHT © Royal Athena

Slanted; Jerusalem Cross ring Circa. 11th to 12th Century A.D. Measurement; Circumference; 60.00 mm., size 10 Information; The five fold cross is symbolic of the Five Wounds of Christ, Christ and the four quarters of the world, or Christ and the four evangelists. Coat of arms origin; Godfrey of Bouillon (First Crusade) Successively; The King's of Jerusalem (1099 to 1291) Provance; B.R. Collection, 1990 Reference; GM1609 COPYRIGHT © Royal Athena

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